Notes from St Aidan’s Justice and Peace group
23 September 7.15
Present: Father Paul. Diana Zanker, Andy Jones, Aidan Hallett, Margaret Halsey, Caroline Ugbo, Brother Kentigern, Kathryn Fitzsimons.
Apologies: Tony Jowitt, Ray Amory Brown, Wendy Amory Brown
This was Father Paul’s first meeting with this group which has a remit of holding the various aspects of Justice and Peace in the Parish
- ESOL The class has expanded, and is now holding a class at Trinity United. 51 students have already enrolled from diverse backgrounds. There may need to be a waiting list.The crèche is an attraction and the project is seeking further volunteers for the crèche.
It was suggested that a toilet on the second floor would be helpful. Diana and others to look for possible funding sources.
- PAFRAS Due to funding issues PAFRAS is having to withdraw from Tuesday provision. All the PAFRAS services will be offered on Thursdays and there will be a refocusing on destitute asylum seekers.
St Aidan’s is seeking to offer a hot meal on Tuesdays without the other provision. There is a meeting on Friday evening, negotiations are taking place with Hamara and Touchstone about their volunteers continuing. There are costs associated with running the session.
It was agreed that this is a transitional stage and we needed to see what happens. PAFRAS funding crisis may be temporary; if not, it may be possible for the church to offer some signposting services. Two people are attending training.
- On a Sunday morning we continue to offer teaching for converts. This is being made more systematic . The clergy and group leaders continue to receive requests for written support in the asylum claims
- Food Parcels on a Sunday This continues to grow; between 40+50 parcels are given out each week. The clientele changes, some are in short term crisis, others have longer term needs.
There are a number of volunteers. There is also growing connections between some of the visitors and the church family.
- CAP The city wide group are now meeting at St Aidan’s. There are a number of events being planned for Homelessness and Poverty Action Week (26Jan-2Feb)
- Leeds Citizens Kathryn shared some information around Leeds Citizens and community organising and invited members of the group to attend the training sessions.
- It was agreed that the group had a helpful function in holding together all the strands of the work, it offered possibilities for new ideas and was also a helpful support for individuals engaged in work It was agreed that it should continue to meet 3 times a year.
- Date of next meeting Tuesday 21st January 7.15 at The Rectory
- The meeting concluded with prayer